2016’s Top Spots to Shop
Shopping when on holiday is not only an opportunity to find that special something to remember your holiday by, it’s an opportunity to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of a destination. From the world’s oldest malls to cutting-edge emporiums, check out our top spots to shop in 2016.
Most travellers make a beeline for the big shopping malls of Dubai – there are ski resorts, restaurants, cinemas, aquariums and literally 1000’s of shops to get lost in – but it’s worth braving the heat for a visit to the Gold Souk. Located in Deira, this open air covered market place is a treasure trove for gold of all shapes and sizes. From delicate bracelets to chunky chains, everything is sold based on weight – be prepared to barter for your bling.
The Italians love to make a statement and that’s certainly the case when it comes to shopping, especially in Milan, their fashion capital. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping centres, dating back to the late 1800s. It is a masterpiece of iron and glass work. The beautiful arcade houses an enormous Prada store, along with plenty of luxury boutiques. Walk across the Piazza del Duomo to Milan Cathedral, where you can climb the roof for a bird’s eye view of the city and the arcade’s glass dome.
A day in Delhi is all you need to feel the beat of this beautiful, chaotic city and there’s no better way to experience it than exploring the hidden rabbit warrens of the markets. The heat kicks in early but many of the markets are open until 9pm so spend the heat of the day by your hotel pool and then head out. Make sure you visit the open air markets at Dilli Haat, where stalls housed in thatched cottages sell Indian handicrafts like brightly coloured woven baskets. Cool off with a stop at a chai wallah for an icy chai.
With H&M now open, Sydney’s CBD now has something for everyone – department stores, luxury brands, local chains and international favourites like Zara, Topshop and Uniqlo all within close proximity to each other. Start at Pitt Street Mall and once you’ve had your fix of the big international brands, walk down to the Strand Arcade. Dating back to 1881, this small but beautiful glass-roofed shopping arcade is home to the crème de la crème of Australia’s artisan designers.
Hong Kong, China
Whether you want to haggle at a street market or tackle the skyscraper shopping centres, Hong Kong has something for every shopaholic. Start your day with a visit to Stanley Market, in the quaint village of Stanley. Stock up on every souvenir imaginable before heading back into the city to hit the bigger stores. Times Square is brimming with big name brands and the lights of Causeway Bay are a sight unto themselves. End the evening with a trip to the Temple Street Night Markets, a theatrical example of a Chinese market.
Combining sightseeing with shopping is easy as you wander around London’s famous shopping districts. Kensington High Street is where the Duchess of Cambridge likes to shop and just around the corner in Knightsbridge is Harrods. Refuel at the Willy Wonka-esque Choccywoccydoodah in Carnaby before heading around the corner to Liberty, one of the world’s most beautiful shopping institutions housed in several mock-Tudor buildings on Regent Street.
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Despite the underwhelming exchange rate making on-the-ground purchases in the US a little less enticing, Honolulu is still a great place to bag a bargain. Ala Moana, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, and the Waikele Outlets are both home to the big US brands we know and love. And with both open late on weeknights, you don’t have to sacrifice your beach and sightseeing time!
New York, USA
Where to start when it comes to shopping in New York? Start at the city’s most famous shopping strip, 5th Avenue, where a trip to Tiffany’s is a must even if it’s just to eat bagels and window shop. Wander down past St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Rockerfeller Centre before hopping into a cab and heading downtown to Bleeker Street. Shop more cutting edge designers like Marc Jacobs before getting a sugar pick me up in the form of a Magnolia Bakery cupcake, made famous by Sex and the City.
Don’t go to shopping in Seminyak thinking you can meander around a mall to escape the heat. The beachside market stalls are bustling with tourists bargaining for souvenirs and you’ll be competing with international stylists who come to pick up one of a kind local handicrafts at the boutiques in the streets back from the beach.
Auckland, New Zealand
Whether you’re just passing through or in town for a few days, Auckland has plenty of different options to help you fill up your suitcase. Most visitors start out on Queen Street in the CBD but savvy shoppers will make a beeline south east of the city to Newmarket. Broadway is the main shopping strip but head down Teed and Nuffield Streets to shop big name international and local designers including Karen Walker. Head further south to Otara, where the famous Saturday morning flea markets take over the square behind the Town Centre. You’ll find plenty of Polynesian-influenced food, music, homewares and bric a brac – a perfect spot to pick up a few souvenirs.